Blackhawks Game Notes For Wednesday vs. St. Louis
* The Blues went 21-8-1 (.717) after the All-Star break last season, finishing with 107+ points for the third consecutive season, and making the playoffs for the fifth straight campaign. St. Louis needed seven games to defeat both Chicago and Dallas in the 2016 postseason before losing in six games to San Jose in the Conference Finals.
* Chicago went 3-0-2 in its last five games of the 2015-16 regular season, finishing up with 103 points and making the playoffs for the eighth consecutive year. With their loss to the Blues in the first round of the 2016 playoffs, the Blackhawks failed in their attempt to become the first team to win back-to-back Cups since the Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.
* St. Louis won three of five regular-season meeting with Chicago last year, including going 2-1-0 at United Center. Including the postseason, the Blues went 4-2-0 on the road against the Blackhawks in 2015-16, with each win coming by a single goal.
* Vladimir Tarasenko recorded career highs in both goals (40) and points (74) in 2015-16, leading the Blues in both categories for the second consecutive season (37 goals, 73 points in 2014-15). Tarasenko lit the lamp a league-high five times against Chicago during the 2015-16 regular season (nine times total including the postseason).
* Patrick Kane led the Blackhawks in goals (46) and assists (60) last season, piling up a league-best 106 points on his way to winning the Hart Trophy. Kane had a team-record 26-game point streak in 2015-16 – the longest single-season streak of any NHL skater since 1992-93 (Mats Sundin – 30 games).
* Chicago clicked on 22.6 percent of its power-play chances last season – second best in the NHL. The Blues killed 85.1 percent of their opponents’ opportunities with the man-advantage in 2015-16 (third best in the league).